Stories and Collections on Chinese history, art and culture
Exhibition: China in Perspective
While exploring Chinese works of art, it is definitely true that there’s more to it than meets the eye.
The Chinese symbolic language goes far beyond the boundaries of the physical world.
China has been known as a nation of creativity, invention, skill and innovation for centuries.
Even the simplest object often conveys a long and interesting history: that can be said of china or porcelain pottery.
The link between physical health and mental wellbeing permeates Chinese culture.
Many Chinese objects preserved in Europe were originally acquired by travellers who visited the Far East.
Exploring the stereotypical way Chinese women have been portrayed in Western media
Produced by Chinese craftsmen, these paintings were souvenirs that symbolised global trade
The Empress Dowager Cixi ruled China in the latter half of the 19th century, the last woman to rule China
This native of China is believed to be the most faithful bird species in the world
These iconic ships have long been one of the defining symbols of Chinese naval warfare, travel and trade.
In Chinese mythology, the dragon is not a force of evil but a beneficent creature, inhabiting the skies and the seas.
This gallery explores how motifs and objects from China took over the West and elegantly influenced its tastes
The cloud collar is a Chinese four- or eight-lobed ornamental piece of fabric boasting an intricate pattern.
The beautifully pleated Chinese parasol serves multiple purposes: as sunblock, dance prop, or good luck charm.
We sliced up some of China’s most popular fruits into this colourful gallery.
Did you know that China produces almost a third of the world’s rice?
Mandarins were important public officials & bureaucrats, playing a vital role in the country's imperial history.
The idea of opposite forces complementing each other is at the core of many belief systems.
Browse collections relating to China from cultural heritage institutions across Europe
These pictures, including studio portraits as well as snapshots of people and sights, are remnants of life in Hunan
Juho Toivo Koskikallio, a Finnish missionary and sinologist, was active in China in the 1st half of the 20th century.
Skillfully shaped, colored and decorated earthenware offer a glimpse into the collections of the Benaki Museum
These statues and objects portray deities, humans and animals with a plethora of imaginative decorations.
These magnificently imagined and elaborately decorated pieces of porcelain are functional and artful at once.
Two albums containing gouache on paper illustrations of professions observed in China, from Museums Wereldculturen.
A couple of German entrepeneurs travelled to China in 1965, portraying the country in atmospheric holiday photographs
Centuries-old figurines and miniatures from burial gifts preserved at Stichting Wereldculturen
Industrial labor and agricultural work in powerful black-and-white photographs by Wolfgang Schröter
These souvenir pictures from the 19th Century depict scenes from daily life, architectural features and people of China
Born in Helsinki, Osvald Sirén (1879-1966) was to become one of Sweden’s most eminent art historians.
Photography pioneer John Thomson (1837–1921) was one of the first to document his exploration of Asia in photographs
Ernest Erickson (°1893, Finland) donated part of his Chinese artefact collection to the Östasiatiska museet.
A breathtaking series of images selected German photographer’s Wolfgang Schröter’s 50,000-piece legacy
Swedish explorer and archaeologist Folke Bergman participated in Sven Hedin's Sino-Swedish Expedition in the 1930s
These 'peasant paintings' by Huxian farmers in the 1950s are vibrant tableaux depicting daily life and festive occasions
Colourful graphic styles applied to socio-political messages, from the Etnografiska museet in Stockholm, Sweden
This set of Carl Simon's glass slides from the collection of United Archives was used for a presentation on China